House approves anti-Asian hate crimes bill, sending it to Biden’s desk – live
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The group Stop AAPI Hate said the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act was a positive in that it recognizes the “devastating impact of the pandemic-related racism and discrimination”, but lamented that it centers a law enforcement approach over community-led reform.
However, the group said in a statement: “because the act centers criminal law enforcement agencies in its solutions, it will not address the overwhelming majority of incidents reported to our site which are not hate crimes, but serious hate incidents”.
The AAPI Victory Alliance has applauded the House’s passage of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act.
“Ending Asian hate should never be a partisan issue. Passing this bill is just the first step in a long process for AAPI’s and communities of color to have the equity and opportunities we deserve,” said executive director Varun Nikore.